Russian detained in Oslo for espionage turns out to be Council of Federation employee
The detainee himself called his detention a misunderstanding.
The Russian, who was detained at the Oslo airport on suspicion of espionage, turned out to be an employee of the Russian Federation Council, Mediazona wrote referring to the Norwegian media. The detainee’s name is not disclosed.
Before the detention, the Russian was at a seminar on digitalization in the Norwegian parliament, where he lectured on data security. As a result, according to the European media, the parliament’s employees, who considered the behavior of the Russian lecturer to be odd, called the special services.
The next day, the Oslo District Court took him into custody for two weeks because of the risk of destruction of evidence; in addition, the police seized his electronic equipment, but what exactly it is not specified. The Russian himself called his detention a misunderstanding. The Russian embassy in Norway said that the given events are “contrived and were committed under an absurd pretext.”
The Norwegian Telegraph Bureau previously reported that the detainee is cooperating with the Oslo police.
Deposit Insurance Agency and ‘criminal duo’ of its First Deputy General Director Miroshnikov and colonel–billionaire Cherkalin
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